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It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


Good morning. I hope you had a good weekend. I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday all weekend. I went out to a couple delicious dinners and got to sleep in late on Saturday morning. It was nice.

I got a lot of writing done last week. First, I wrote up my month in review for January. I read more than I had expected to in January. I also started making progress on two of the challenges I'm participating in this year.

I wrote a review of a memoir called Repairing Rainbows by Lynda Fishman. I also wrote a review of a thriller called Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. And I wrote a review of Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young.

Currently Reading
I'm now reading Room by Emma Donoghue. This is my February book club book. I'm about halfway through the book and it's good. I've been wanting to read it for a while, so I'm glad to finally be getting to it! I'm also reading Elephant Talk by Anne Downer.

Up Next
I'm not sure what I'll move onto next. I have Final Vector by Allan Leverone to read for review. And I have several other books on my shelf and on my Nook that I've been wanting to read for a while. I'm also planning to write some reviews this week, including The Water is Wide and The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary.

What are you reading this week? This meme is being hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, so hop over there if you'd like to see what others are reading too.

Comments

  1. I have Room sitting on my desk and I'm not sure why I haven't read it yet - I think maybe I'm waiting for the buzz to die down? Not sure! Here's my Mailbox: Coffee and a Book Chick -- Mailbox Monday...

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  2. I really enjoyed Room. I am glad that you are liking it as well.

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  3. Happy Birthday Julie!

    You have some good books going on - Child 44 which I have not read yet, and ROOM which I really liked.

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  4. Happy belated birthday! Mine is coming up soon & I'll be going on a book spree ;D Can't wait for your review of Room. I need to get on that one or I'll be the last on Earth not up to speed!

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  5. Happy belated birthday!!!

    My book club is reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand for February - I still need to get the book!

    My It's Monday post can be found here.

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  6. I am reading The Tapestry of Love.
    So wanted to finish it this weekend but we are all harbouring bugs here.

    Enjoy ur reading week

    carol

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  7. Happy belated birthday! Celebrating all weekend is the way to go!

    Happy Reading!

    Here's my Monday!

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  8. ROOM is on my wish list. You will have to let me know what you think. Stop by and see me if you have a moment. And have a great week!
    http://bookskidsanimalsandmore.blogspot.com/2011/02/its-monday-what-are-you-reading.html

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  9. I've heard nothing but good things about Room. I must get to that soon...

    Jane
    janestoryblog.blogspot.com

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